The Audi Q3 is a compact premium SUV that competes with the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque and Volkswagen Tiguan
The Audi feels the classiest of them all, though, thanks to its restrained styling and almost unmatched build quality.
The engine line-up is straightforward, with an emphasis on diesel. There is a petrol engine -a turbocharged 1.4-litre with either manual or automatic transmission.
The 2.0 litre diesel offers the best efficiency and pulling power. The Q3 isn’t a proper off-roader, so Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system is there to provide extra grip on slippery roads. However, it does come at the expense of fuel economy.
Equipment is generous, with even the basic SE having 17-inch alloy wheels, an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. At the other extreme, top-spec S line Plus brings front and rear parking assistance, 19-inch alloys, sat nav and leather seats.
Add four-wheel drive and it’s actually a lot of fun to drive. It’s safe, too, with a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP.
What other Motoring Publications say:
1. Auto Express
“Premium badge, classy interior and capable chassis, but conservative styling, pricey options and small model range.”
“This Q3 brings top-quality mechanical refinement, laudable build quality, rich and impressive cabin materials and proper premium brand desirability to the market for small 4x4s.”
3. What Car?
“All engines in the Audi Q3 range are strong and refined, the ride is comfortable and the upmarket cabin is hard to fault.”
“If comfort and quality takes precedent over performance and involvement then this is your best choice.”